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Hosted by Terry Gross, Fresh Air from WHYY is the Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues. One of public radio's most popular programs, Fresh Air features intimate conversations with today's biggest luminaries.
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In This 2005 Interview, Gene Wilder Explains How He Learned To Get Laughs

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 2:13pm

When he was 8, Wilder's mother had a heart attack and he took it upon himself to cheer her up. We'll listen back to a Fresh Air interview with the comic actor, who died Monday at age 83.

Hip-Hop Meets Disco On The Electrifying Soundtrack To 'The Get Down'

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 12:29pm

A new drama series on Netflix chronicles the rise of early hip-hop music in the late '70s. Rock critic Ken Tucker says the show's soundtrack is dense, complex and delightful.

Tom Hanks Says Self-Doubt Is 'A High-Wire Act That We All Walk'

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 12:29pm

"No matter what we've done, there comes a point where you think, ... 'When are they going to discover that I am, in fact, a fraud?' " Hanks says. Originally broadcast April 26, 2016.

Fresh Air Weekend: John Krasinski; Lydia Loveless' 'Real'; The Aging Electrical Grid

Sat, 08/27/2016 - 8:00am

Actor John Krasinski discusses The Office and his "lottery-ticket life." Ken Tucker reviews Lydia Loveless' latest solo album. Gretchen Bakke says America's current power grid is aging and unstable.

When Barack Met Michelle: 'Southside With You' Recreates The Obamas' First Date

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 3:12pm

Richard Tanne's new film is a dramatization of Barack and Michelle Obama's first date in 1989. Critic David Edelstein says the movie's mix of politics and romance has a "naive kind of charm."

Feminist Gloria Steinem Finds Herself Free Of The 'Demands Of Gender'

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 3:12pm

As she approached 60, the co-founder of Ms. magazine says, she entered a new phase in life, one in which "you can do what you want." Originally broadcast Oct. 26, 2015.

New Releases Capture 'Inimitable' Tenor Saxophonist In His Neglected '70s Prime

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 2:23pm

As one of the very first bebop tenor saxophonists, Teddy Edwards mixed awesome technique with irresistibly slinky phrases. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews two reissues, Inimitable and Feelin's.

Investigation Into Private Prisons Reveals Crowding, Under-Staffing And Inmate Deaths

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 2:03pm

Seth Freed Wessler reported on substandard medical care in privately-run prisons in the federal corrections system for The Nation, which may have led the Justice Department to phase out their use.

'King of Highlife Anthology' Finally Does Justice To African Bandleader Mensah

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 12:40pm

E. T. Mensah, who died 20 years ago, played highlife, an offshoot of jazz that for years was the most popular style of music in southern Africa. Milo Miles reviews a new anthology of Mensah's music.

Actor John Krasinski Takes Stock Of His 'Lottery-Ticket Life'

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 12:40pm

Krasinski says he's thankful for his big break "every single day." Three years after the wrap of The Office, he continues to branch out — he's now directing and co-starring in the film The Hollars.

Lydia Loveless Mixes Desire With Distraction In 'Real'

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 2:46pm

The singer-songwriter began performing at age 14 in a band with her sisters and her father. Critic Ken Tucker says the songs on Loveless' latest solo album, Real, have a "tough edge."

Trump Off Camera: The Man Behind The 'In-Your-Face Provocateur'

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 2:45pm

Biographer Marc Fisher says Donald Trump has lived a "strikingly solitary life given how public he is." Fisher and his Washington Post colleague Michael Kranish are the authors of Trump Revealed.

Aging And Unstable, The Nation's Electrical Grid Is 'The Weakest Link'

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 12:27pm

In her new book, The Grid, Gretchen Bakke argues that the under-funded power grid is incapable of taking the U.S. into a new energy future. She explains the challenges to Fresh Air's Dave Davies.

Stunned Silence, Then A Standing Ovation For 'Let Me Tell You'

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 12:27pm

Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen explores questions of time, memory, nature and human isolation. His recent collaboration with soprano and conductor Barbara Hannigan has garnered worldwide attention.

Fresh Air Weekend: Julie Klausner; 'War Dogs'; Rebalancing The 'Microbes Within Us'

Sat, 08/20/2016 - 8:00am

Klausner quips about celebrities in her Hulu series, Difficult People. Critic John Powers calls War Dogs "jauntily enjoyable." I Contain Multitudes author Ed Yong discusses our internal ecosystems.

'War Dogs' Puts A Satirical Spin On The Business Of War

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 12:15pm

Todd Phillips' new comedy, which is loosely based on a true story, follows two 20-somethings from Miami who become international arms dealers. Critic John Powers calls War Dogs "jauntily enjoyable."

'Unheard Bird' Gives Fresh Insight Into Charlie Parker's Musical Genius

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 12:15pm

Decades after Parker's death, a new album compiles previously unknown performances by the alto sax legend. Critic Kevin Whitehead says the record will please both jazz experts and casual listeners.

Novelist's 'Disgruntled' Heroine Is Drawn From Her Own Childhood

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 12:15pm

Asali Solomon's novel is about a girl growing up in West Philadelphia whose parents were black nationalists. "My parents taught us to revere Africa," she says. Originally broadcast Feb. 5, 2015.

Bossacucanova's 'Best Of' Album Pulses With Lovely, Lively Music

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 12:11pm

The Brazilian trio, which won a Grammy in 2002, is known for mixing new and classic bossa nova tunes with electronica. Critic Milo Miles says The Best of Bossacucanova has a "captivating flow."

Eating Yogurt Is Not Enough: Rebalancing The Ecosystem Of 'The Microbes Within Us'

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 12:11pm

Ed Yong, author of I Contain Multitudes, says someday we might be able to improve our health by taking probiotics, but "we are still in the very early stages of working out how to do this."

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